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Navigating Transition: A New Era for Solar Accreditation in Australia

As the Clean Energy Council (CEC) prepares to transition the responsibility of installer and designer accreditation, the solar industry in Australia stands on the brink of a significant change. This move not only reflects the maturity of the industry but also its commitment to upholding the highest standards of practice and consumer protection. For over 16 years, the CEC has been instrumental in building a world-leading rooftop solar industry, ensuring that installers and designers adhere to rigorous regulatory frameworks and best practices.

Pallavi Guha, the Director of Regulation Industry Programs & Advisory Services, expressed pride in the council's achievements, highlighting the development of robust accreditation programs and the administration of the New Energy Tech Consumer Code (NETCC). These initiatives have been pivotal in fostering industry integrity and consumer trust.

Immediate Changes and What They Mean for You

With the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) set to announce the new accreditation scheme provider in February 2024, the CEC has introduced critical adjustments to support a seamless transition. These changes include earlier cut-off dates for new applications and reduced accreditation periods, accompanied by significantly lowered fees. Such measures aim to minimize disruptions during this period of change, ensuring that both existing and new applicants can navigate the transition efficiently.

The Future of Accreditation

The forthcoming changes herald a new chapter for solar accreditation in Australia. The CER's decision to appoint new scheme operators and a product listing body marks a pivotal shift towards diversifying support within the industry. This transition allows the CEC to focus more on advocacy and support for installers, enabling them to stay abreast of industry developments and standards.

For Existing and Prospective Accredited Installers and Designers

The announcement brings to light two key considerations for current and aspiring CEC accredited professionals. Firstly, those with accreditations expiring from February 2024 onwards will need to renew under the new provider. Moreover, the CEC's confirmation that the new provider will honor existing accreditation expiry dates offers some reassurance during this period of change.

Secondly, for those contemplating new applications, it's crucial to be aware of the updated cut-off dates and the adjusted application fees. These changes are designed to facilitate a smooth transition to the new provider, ensuring that applicants are not left in a state of limbo.

Looking Ahead

As the industry anticipates the CER's announcement of the new accreditation provider, it's clear that the focus remains on maintaining the high standards that have propelled Australian solar to the forefront of the global stage. The transition period promises to be a time of adaptation and growth, with the CEC and CER working closely to ensure a smooth handover.

This pivotal moment in the industry underscores the importance of staying informed and prepared. As such, accredited persons are urged to keep abreast of the latest developments through the CEC and CER platforms, ensuring they meet all necessary requirements to continue their vital work in the solar industry.

For further details on the transition and what it means for you, please refer to the comprehensive guide provided by the Clean Energy Council at